Community facilities in many of Cardiff’s parks are getting a £600K makeover which will see changing rooms refurbished, upgraded and repaired, new playground equipment and safety surfaces installed and a new drainage scheme for Thornhill football pitch.
Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise, Cllr Peter Bradbury, said:
“The health benefits of regular physical exercise are well documented, but the quality of public facilities such as changing rooms can have a real impact on engagement levels. The improvements we are making with this investment will ensure that our sporting community in Cardiff will benefit from modern, good quality sports facilities and create an environment that means grass roots sport continues to thrive.”
A Champions League legacy of £300,000 has been allocated in the 2017/18 budget for:
- A new drainage scheme for Thornhill football pitch.
- Refurbishment of the changing rooms at Trelai Park.
- Refurbishment of Rumney Recreation Ground changing rooms, including repairs to the roof.
- Demolition of Llandaff Fields changing rooms to make way for future improvements to the sports infrastructure in the park.
A further £300,000 of work is currently being carried out to playgrounds across the city as part of a refurbishment programme utilising capital, neighbourhood regeneration and section 106 funding. The programme will see a playground in Lisvane expand in size and playground refurbishment work will be carried out at:
- Coleford Drive Open Space, St Mellons
- Cwm Farm Open Space, Morganstown
- Heol-y-Delin Playing Field, Lisvane
- Llandaff Fields, Riverside
- The Marl Recreation Ground, Grangetown
- Roath Recreation Ground, Plasnewydd
- Sanatorium Road Playing Fields, Canton
- Wilson Road Recreation Ground, Ely
Plans for next year include a brand new playground in Llanederyn and new playgrounds in Splott and Grangetown to replace existing facilities.
Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Bob Derbyshire, said:
“The fun, safe opportunities that playground’s in Cardiff’s parks provide, for children and families to enjoy together, are an integral part of our vision to make Cardiff Europe’s most liveable capital city. The investment we continue to make in public facilities shows that despite the pressures of austerity, we are delivering on our vision and continuing to make Cardiff a great place to live, work and play.”